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Music therapist Joni Pappas, Adam McCrary, Mandi McCrary, Audrey Swingle, Rebecca Swingle, Kate Madaychik, Abby Madaychik, and Morning Pointe of Knoxville (TN) resident Helen Kurtz assemble in the assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community’s activity room for a fun-filled hour of intergenerational music therapy. Under Pappas’s direction, the children, their parents, and the senior residents were able to enjoy making music together. “The children’s energy was infectious and motivating for the seniors,” says Morning Pointe life enrichment director Pat Anderson. “Time just flew by! The most rewarding outcome of the music therapy session was the overall sense of fulfillment felt by both the children and the residents alike, which was brought about by the personal connections that they made.”

“Music is enjoyed by all ages,” Pappas adds. “Intergenerational music therapy seeks to foster relationships between older adults and children through participation in singing, moving to music and playing instruments.”